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6-week-old puppy dies of brain damage after being abandoned in Lakeland dumpster

Posted at 1:43 PM, Jul 12, 2019

LAKELAND, Fla. — An animal rescue in Lakeland says three 6-week-old puppies were found abandoned in a dumpster on Thursday. Sadly, one of them did not make it.

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Their Lives Matter says one of the three puppies, now called Dahlia Belle was fighting for her life after being rescued, but sadly, the brain damage was so severe that Belle passed away.

The group says Belle had been with the doctors since Friday morning and received an abundance of love and the best care possible. They say they are going to fight harder than ever for justice.

The puppies were found in a dumpster behind a Save-A-Lot.

"If you can do this to animal, then you can do this to a child so that’s disgusting," Tanya Trescher said.

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Trescher says her neighbor found the puppies.

ABC Action News was there as Belle was given oxygen and while the Veterinarian, Dr. Nola Gedeon, says the 6-week-old puppy has improved, she was very lethargic.

Belle had severe hook worms which were robbing her of both blood and oxygen.

"Hook worms are spread usually through the mothers milk to the puppies," Dr. Gedeon says.

The other two puppies seem to be doing much better.

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